Toy-Ventures: Maskatron (Kenner Six Million Dollar Man)

Toy-Ventures this week looks at what we believe to be the greatest villain action figure of the 1970s and perhaps the best action figure of the decade as well.

Kenner’s Maskatron, the robotic face changing robot from Kenner’s Six Million Dollar Man toy line is a wonderful bit of toy magic when some licenses a property but takes artistic license (anticipate a callback joke) and sets out to also make a toy with tremendous play value.

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Vintage Mego: The Waltons

 

Yeah, I’m doing the Waltons episode, even though I don’t collect the toyline or enjoy the show itself, let’s defend Mego’s decision to make a Waltons toy line in 1975. PS the Sunshine Family legit scared me as a kid.

 

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Toy-Ventures: AHI Action Apeman

 

Clearly inspired by the Mego Planet of the Apes action figures, the AHI Action Apeman are some of the boldest knock offs ever produced, I’ll explain why I think that in this video.

 

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Vintage Mego 12″ Incredible Hulk

 

This week we talk about the Emerald Avenger and his hugely popular 12″ figure, featuring rare shots of the original “Lou Ferrigno” version and of course, what we ended up with. Please enjoy.

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Vintage Mego: Pocket Superheroes Bat Machine

This week’s installment talks about 1980 and Mego ventures into electronics with the launch of the Pocket Superheroes Bat Machine and Spider-Machines.

We talk a bit about how electronic games hurt Mego more than passing on Star Wars and their partners in Mexico Ensueno toys.

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Vintage Mego: Star Trek the Motion Picture Bridge

This week Vintage Mego looks at the Star Trek: The Motion Picture Bridge Playset. Often maligned by collectors, sure it’s a little cheaply made but was it a fun toy? We offer our experiences with it.

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Mint Off Card: Giganta from Super Friends by Figures Toy Company

 

This week we take a look at one of the most requested figures in the Super Friends line, Giganta, evil size-changing foe of Apache Chief and member of the Legion of Doom! Figures Toy Company did some unique things with this figure that deserve a little attention.

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Vintage Mego: The Mangler from Comic Action Heroes

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This week Vintage Mego unboxed The Mangler, released by Mego in 1976 as part of their Comic Action Heroes line of toys, it has the distinction of being one of the weirdest Superhero toys ever produced.

Seriously, what is this thing? Wouldn’t it kill the Green Goblin? We’ll never truly know.

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Toy-Ventures: Space Apes : Planet of the Apes Knockoffs?

 

After a long break, I have another wonderful mystery box of Knock-Offs from the United Kingdom, this week we’re going to meet The Space Apes, a series of action figures that seem to resemble the Mego Planet of the Apes figures but with some noticeable differences. 


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Mint Off Card: Halloween 3 set by NECA

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Let’s unbox the latest retro action figures from NECA based on the once-maligned 1980s Horror classic “Halloween 3 Season of the Witch” can you believe this is happening? Me either! Life is good Mego heads.

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Vintage Mego: The Lost Continent (Action Jackson or Planet of the Apes?)

 

Vintage Mego takes a look this week at the 1974 Mego Playset “The Lost Continent” which is available in both Action Jackson branded packaging and one that states it’s for the Mego Planet of the Apes figures. Which one is it? We reveal our theory as to why this may have happened.

 

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Toy-Ventures: Zorak from Big Jim’s PACK


This week we go back to 1976 and take another look at a figure from one of my favourite toy-lines, Zorak, not only was he Big Jim’s first bad guy, he was a bit of a trendsetting toy concept and one that would become the norm for action figure brands for years to come.

We explore who invented the “Double Trouble” face changing concept and not only about Zoltar but the new deluxe Big Jim Commander that gets really angry.

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PlaidStallions Toy-Ventures Magazine Issue #1 A Salute to AHI

PlaidStallions announced on their YouTube channel that they are launching an old fashioned toy magazine and the first issue will be a tribute to the rack toys created by Azrak Hamway International or AHI.

Among the highlights of this publication will be a reference guide to the insane variations of the World Famous Super Monsters toys.

Other toy lines cover will include Planet of the Apes, Superheroes, Star Trek, KISS and Space:1999 and hope to provide checklists of every toy produced.

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Vintage Mego Comic Action Heroes Exploding Bridge with Batmobile

 

 

Vintage Mego opens up another Mego item from back in the day and plays with it. This week we’re looking at the classic Mego Comic Action Heroes Exploding Bridge playset with Batman and the Batmobile. We talk about the rare gift set, the foreign versions and how well this toy works. Did you have this set as a kid, please share your memories below!

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